Burt Reynolds’ revenge on Marlon Brando for saying ‘It’s disgusting’
Burt Reynolds was the top draw at the Hollywood box office for five straight years beginning in 1978, but he never achieved the kind of respect and adulation heaped on Marlon Brando. He also, as is well known, turned down a staggering number of high-profile and later lucrative and iconic roles, from James Bond and Han Solo, to Richard Gere’s role in Pretty Woman and Jack Nicholson’s roles in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s. Nest And Terms of Endearment. – both of whom won Oscars. Burt was formally offered the role of Al Pacino in The Godfather first, but a growing problem got in his way. WATCH BRUT REYNOLDS AND MARLON BRANDO ATTACK EACH OTHER IN THE VIDEOS BELOW
When Burt began to gain attention in Hollywood in the late 1950s on television, it was often his appearance that garnered the most commentary, particularly his resemblance to a young Marlon Brando in his chiseled, brooding prime.
In fact, in a May 1963 episode of The Twilight Zone called The Bard this was deliberately exploited, along with some pretty good acting. It was a screenplay inspired by Shakespeare’s Ghost and features Burt’s character, Rocky Rhodes, who very unabashedly channels all of Marlon’s method acting and mannerism with astonishing and hilarious precision.
By then, there was bad blood between the actors and it would only get worse over the decades. WATCH BURT IMITATING MARLON BELOW.
Burt spoke later in life about turning down the role of Michael Corleone in 1972’s The Godfather. The mobster’s father, Vito, was played by Marlon.
In his memoir, But Enough About Me, Burt revealed that Marlon threatened to walk out of the film if he was cast and tensions grew so high that he was forced to walk away.
In recent years, a scandalously vicious recording of Marlon on the set of 1979’s Apocalypse Now has surfaced. The subject of Burt comes up and he launches into a no-holds-barred annihilation of his fellow actor.
Marlon begins: “Don’t say that name around me. It’s the epitome of something that makes me want to throw up. I don’t know why I hate it…”.
Except then he goes on to detail exactly why he held Burt in such low regard.
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Marlon added: “He is the epitome of everything that is disgusting about the actor. He worships in the temple of his own narcissism. Totally narcissistic person.
“The thing that really grossed me out… I saw him on TV once. It was the premiere of a movie he made, called (The Man I Loved) Cat Dancing. He had asked some (Native American) Indian kids to come because he was a bit anti-indian and wanted to make some compensations…
“They brought the kid in and he was a kid of about three or four years old. He wanted to show how loving he was, so he crouched down and was playing for the cameras, ‘Oh how I love kids,’ that kind of thing… And the kid started to walk away to get off camera, so he pulled the kid back, trying to get the kid to do a little scene about how sweet Burt was about kids… He was such a big piece of shit.) …The whole idea of harassing children. The child wouldn’t bulls**t.”
The following year, Burt seized the opportunity to unleash another brutal impersonation of Marlon on television, this time on Saturday Night Live.
In the sketch, host ‘Baba Wawa’ is trying to interview ‘Marlon Brando’ in bed, but all he wants to do is stuff himself with food. It was a painfully sharp comment on the actor’s notorious weight problems.
In the final months of his life in 2019, Burt was once again on the talk show circuit, promoting his latest film, The Last Movie Star. He was enjoying another career renaissance and would tragically die just as he was about to begin his career. shooting her next role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.
Burt told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Next if he was upset about the notoriety the film had without him: “No, I was very flattered. I was flattered that he was upset…”.
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